NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 9, 2021) — The Americana Music Association has announced its Americana Honors & Awards performers and Buddy Miller will return as musical director for the ceremony. After a break due to the pandemic in 2020, the Honors & Awards will return to Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 22, showcasing a vibrant mix of musical icons and electrifying newcomers that make up the list of performers for the critically acclaimed program.
Legends and longtime fan-favorites will cross paths with today's buzz generators for an exceptional slate of confirmed performers that includes Brandi Carlile, Charley Crockett, Steve Earle, Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Highwomen, Jason Isbell, Sarah Jarosz, Valerie June, Amythyst Kiah, Keb’ Mo’, The Mavericks, Margo Price, Allison Russell and Carla Thomas.
Americana stalwart, songwriter, musician and producer Buddy Miller takes the reins of musical direction for the Americana All-Star Band featuring Don Was, Jen Gunderman, Jim Hoke, David Mansfield, Jerry Pentecost, Aaron Lee Tasjan and the incredible McCrary Sisters.
A live video stream of the 2021 Honors & Awards show will be webcast via Circle TV’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, as well as NPRMusic.org, while live audio simulcasts of the show will be available via SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, and on Nashville area terrestrial radio stations: WRLT (100.1 FM), WSM (650 AM) and WMOT (89.5 FM).
In February 2022, PBS will broadcast ACL Presents: The 20th Annual Americana Honors, a special episode of Austin City Limits featuring performance highlights from the special evening.
In addition to the annual “Of the Year” awards presented during the program, the 2021 Honors & Awards will include this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees: Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Mavericks, Keb Mo’, Trina Shoemaker and Carla Thomas.
Confirmed performers for the 2021 Americana Honors & Awards (in alphabetical order):
Fisk Jubilee Singers
And special guests!
For two decades, the prestigious ceremony has celebrated pioneering mainstays and trailblazing newcomers, while featuring unforgettable moments in musical history including Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash's last live performance together, as well as offering show-stopping appearances by k.d. lang, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Gregg Allman, Loretta Lynn, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, Flaco Jiménez, Candi Staton, George Strait, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, Margo Price, The Lumineers, Jason Isbell and many more.
The ceremony is the hallmark event for the 21st annual AMERICANAFEST, held at various venues throughout Nashville during the week of September 22-25.
In August, event organizers shared a statement on its health and safety policy. For the Americana Honors & Awards and every AMERICANAFEST-produced event, attendees must present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours in order to access a venue. More information on the policy can be found here.
For more information on the association or to purchase tickets for this year's Americana Honors & Awards and passes to AMERICANAFEST, please visit www.americanamusic.org.
The 21st annual AMERICANAFEST will take place September 22-25, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn., once again bringing together music industry professionals and fans alike for four days of discovery, insight and connections. Declared a "veritable juggernaut" by American Songwriter, AMERICANAFEST showcases hundreds of artists and bands throughout many notable venues in Nashville, TN. The destination event also features a first-rate industry conference, bringing together the top tier of the music business to discuss current industry topics and issues. Musical festivities are kicked off by the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards, which celebrates luminaries and welcomes the next generation of trailblazers while offering one-of-a-kind performance pairings at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.
About the Americana Music Association:
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC